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Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 9:49 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corp. over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.  

Explosion Proof Lighting: Quality Is The Goal (Part I)

September 4, 2013 8:02 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings. 

Ammonia Leak Kills 15 People In Shanghai

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China's financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said. Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

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IEPA OKs Work At Fire-Damaged Plant

August 29, 2013 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says limited manufacturing may resume at a fire-damaged northern Illinois chemical plant. Agency officials and attorney general's office gave the approval Wednesday for the Nova-Kem plant in the town of Seward, about 18 miles west of Rockford.

Air Pollution Takes Toll On China's Tourism

August 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.

HVLS Fans As A Complement to HVAC

August 12, 2013 3:58 pm | by Dan Anderson, Rite-Hite Fans | Articles | Comments

Distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and other large, open warehouse environments face a host of unique design and maintenance challenges. These challenges include energy costs, temperature control, air quality, and employee safety/comfort issues. In an effort to mitigate these challenges, more and more facilities are installing high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans as a complement to their HVAC system.

Dream, Build, Create

August 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 1939 – and inspired by a plastic toothbrush – L.A. Blackwellhad a simple dream: To be able to produce a well-made, standard, plastic product. He built his first injection molding machine by hand and Houston, TX became home to a leader in custom plastics injection molding and extrusion: Blackwell Plastics, Inc.

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Pro Weld Inc.

July 22, 2013 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Pro Weld Inc., a Michigan manufacturer of material handling containers, set goals to improve the quality of their product, eliminate re-work, and reduce energy costs in their welding and painting operation that runs three shifts per day. A key improvement in the final painting and inspection portion of the building was increasing the levels and quality of light so the employees could clearly see their work.

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Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Southeast Packaging

July 22, 2013 3:05 pm | Articles | Comments

Southeast Packaging has been on the fast track to lead its industry in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, “green” programs. So when management began investigating ways to improve the efficiency of lighting at its packaging facility in Concord, NC, they turned to OEO’s “BIG LIGHT.”

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Saint-Gobain

July 22, 2013 3:01 pm | Articles | Comments

With more than 15,000 people working at 58 manufacturing sites worldwide, the Saint-Gobain brand Verallia is a worldwide leader, specializing in high quality glass containers. When the time came to renovate a quality control and packing hall at its Neuburg  glass packaging plant in Germany, Verallia was looking for a more efficient lighting solution to replace its 250W HPS high bays that were actually drawing 300W.

Bird-X Joins GSA To Help Federal Facilities Reduce Pest Bird Costs

July 9, 2013 3:43 pm | by Bird-X, Inc. | News | Comments

Bird control leader, Bird-X, joins the GSA Advantage program to bring pest bird control solutions directly to federal facilities and institutions – cutting out the costs and inefficiencies of “middleman” resellers.  The U.S. General Services Administration is a tool to help government institutions find the best products and services at the most affordable prices.

Fire At PA Titanium Plant Causes $3.5M In Damage

June 19, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators say a fire earlier this week at a titanium-manufacturing plant in eastern Pennsylvania caused $3.5 million in damage and has been ruled accidental. The blaze started in a building at the Timet Corp. facility in Caernarvon Township around 8 p.m. Monday.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

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Toshiba: Made In America

June 17, 2013 3:34 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Many don’t think of Toshiba as an American-made brand, especially when it comes to the U.S. automotive market. And for quite some time, that was true. Since 2003, Toshiba had manufactured HEV motors for Ford Motor Company at its Japan facility. But in 2011, under the weight of supply chain pressures and growing currency risks, Toshiba Industrial Corporation began manufacturing motors for Ford’s hybrid vehicles in Houston, TX.

New Fans Cut Lead Times

June 17, 2013 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Located in the heart of Coppell, Texas, just outside of Dallas, Stone Panels Incorporated manufactures one of a kind, light-weight stone veneer panels used in new construction and renovations across the globe. The facility does not have a centralized air-conditioning system and working in close quarters in a humid, and often times dusty facility can lead to uncomfortable employees and a drop in productivity.

U.S.-China Climate Deal Was Long In The Works

June 12, 2013 9:47 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although it took most proponents by surprise, the deal was in the bag before President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the California desert retreat where they announced it over the weekend. And for China, it came only after a change in financial incentives made it more lucrative to get on board.

Emergency Fluorescent Light

May 24, 2013 2:06 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The HALP-EMG-48-2L-T5HO Class 1 Division 2 emergency fluorescent light is designed to provide operators with a failsafe lighting solution that can withstand the rigors of operation in locations where corrosion and wetness is an issue.

Roll-Up Door, Screen Barriers

May 24, 2013 2:00 pm | by TMI, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The 6000 Series features a higher speed external jackshaft motor that moves doors at a speed of 36 inches per second.

Explosion Proof Metal Halide

May 17, 2013 11:14 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

This explosion proof metal halide light produces light output from a compact fixture and gives operators the versatility of magnetic mounting for easier handling and operation.

Explosion-Proof Lights

May 17, 2013 10:48 am | by Phoenix Products Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The fixtures are ETL/cETL certified, offer a 50,000 hour rated life, and are available in both flood (45 degree) and spot (28 degree) optics.

Waterproof LED Work Light

May 3, 2013 4:54 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-M-LED72-120 LED work light is a compact and highly versatile lighting solution that produces 4,320 lumens of brilliant illumination in a wide flood pattern from 72 watts of power use.

Scan Before You Replace

April 30, 2013 8:05 am | by Brian Lambert, The Garland Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Thankfully, rather than simply doing a quick visual assessment of the roof and deciding it needs to be replaced, today’s roofing professionals can rely on several different non-destructive moisture tests to help make solid recommendations based on unbiased scientific information. The decision of when to repair, restore or replace a large commercial roof often involves a million dollars or more.

StressPly®SA Self-Adhered Membrane

April 26, 2013 4:54 pm | by The Garland Company, Inc. | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

StressPly SA FR Mineral is an SBS, dual fiberglass and polyester reinforced membrane incorporating a fire retardant compound and a mineral surface.

Air Care Spa

April 26, 2013 4:36 pm | by Rubbermaid Commercial Products | Product Releases | Comments

The Air Care Spa Collection fragrances and Executive Series™ cleaning solutions that feature quiet casters and an improved aesthetic and visual identity.

Portable Cooling

April 19, 2013 3:41 pm | by Schaefer | Product Releases | Comments

With up to a 20 degree temperature reduction, the portable unit can be strategically placed where it matters most.

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